Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Gary Pert

Known as
Gary Pert

28 May 1965

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 16y 325d
Last game: 30y 98d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy, Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 43, 3
Collingwood: 4

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1992)

Gary Pert

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,334th player to appear, 298th most games played, 1,952nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 994th player to appear, 27th most games played, 123rd most goals kickedCollingwood: 931st player to appear, 247th most games played, 593rd most goals kicked


Gary Pert was a success from the time he first pulled on a Fitzroy jumper in 1982 at the age of sixteen. Powerful, highly skilled and a superb aerialist, he could hold down any key position, but the Lions tended to use him most often in defence. When he made his interstate debut for Victoria in 1984 he was, at eighteen, the youngest player to do so since Carl Ditterich twenty years earlier. The following year he achieved All Australian selection. Towards the end of his nine season, 163 game stint at Fitzroy Pert began to suffer from knee problems, but he still played well enough to secure the club's 1989 best and fairest award. Traded to Collingwood in 1991, he missed a year with injury, but came back strongly to play some excellent football in his final 70 league games between 1992 and 1995. In 2002 he was chosen on a half back flank in Fitzroy's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.